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What is the definition or description of: epidural?

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Dr. James Henning answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Anesthesia Procedure: The term, as used by health professionals, refers to an anesthetic administered "regionally." the anesthetic is introduced into a potential space superficial to the spinal canal and provides anesthesia to a limited region of the body: the neck, the hips, legs, knees, ankles, upper or lower spine it is done for pain relief due to labor, chronic back or neck pain, and for general surgery needs.

Answered 12/2/2012

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

The epidural : Space is a potential space surrounding the dura. The dura is the connective tissue that contains the spinal cord and brain within it. An epidural can referring few things, but commonly it is the term used for an anesthetic that is administered into the epidural space.

Answered 3/14/2019

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Dr. Boris Aronzon answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Epidural block: Epidural injections are used for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. They are frequently used for chronic pain management, labour pain and for surgeries as postoperative pain control or as a primary anesthetic. Complications are rare: allergic reactions, wrong drug administration, infection, nerve damage, headache, death, total spinal blockade among few others.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Norman Cohen answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Type of anesthetic: The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic back or neck pain.

Answered 12/28/2018

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